Welcome to our pick of last week’s news from Fethiye and around Turkey.


Holidaymaker rescues Green Turtle in Ölüdeniz

A holidaymaker swimming from Ölüdeniz Kumburnu Nature Park spotted a green turtle (Chelonia mydas) in difficulties having swallowed a fishing line. Levent Aytunbay dived down and brought the turtle to the surface and his family alerted a nearby water sports team.

Umut Aras from the water sport team called the Sea Turtles Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation Center (DEKAMER) in Dalyan who attended and took the turtle to the intensive care unit.

An X-ray revealed the line was in the stomach of the 45-50 kilo turtle. The team at DEKAMER removed the line and the turtle remains in intensive care.

Source: Gerçek Fethiye

Fethiye Governorship carries out mask inspections

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 16 August 2020

Fethiye District Governor Eyüp Fırat, together with his department chiefs, carried out an inspection of masks and social distancing along the Fethiye kordon on Saturday. 

During the inspection, masks were distributed to almost everyone and warnings were given to those not wearing masks.

The inspections and distribution of masks was positively welcomed by citizens and in a statement to journalists after the event Fırat said, ” There is good awareness about masking and adapting to social distance in Fethiye. Our Minister of Health makes all the statements about corona numbers, but we are all professionals concerned about the health of our citizens. We will continue to be visible in the field as much as possible and continue to warn our citizens about masks, social distance and hygiene.” 

Source: Gerçek Fethiye

Meteor shower thrills sky watchers across Anatolia

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 16 August 2020

Stargazers were able to catch a glimpse of one of the biggest and best celestial light shows of the year as the Perseid meteor shower peaked over Turkey on August 12.

Hundreds of shooting stars rained over the sky during one of the brightest astronomical displays. With very fast and bright meteors, Perseids frequently leave long “wakes” of light and color behind them as they streak through Earth’s atmosphere.

This visual feast was closely watched by hundreds of people at the Kayseri Science Center, a planetarium with the largest dome in the country.

Dozens of sky enthusiasts also gathered at the Ayı Kaya location, nearly 25 kilometers from the northwestern province of Bolu, and watched the meteor shower with great excitement.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 16 August 2020

The Perseids have presented a scintillating display for 2,000 years, according to NASA.

The name originates from the constellation of Perseus, and astronomers call this point the shower’s radiant.

The eye-catching shower can be seen every July and August, as the Earth crosses into the debris left behind by Comet 109-Swift-Tuttle.

Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Turkish beach boasts pristine waters thanks to pandemic measures

That nature found some respite this year is evident in the lower pollution rates that are being recorded in the sea and air during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A popular beach in the Mediterranean province of Antalya is among those in which the waters, long free of the presence of human beings, are crystal clear once more.

Konyaaltı Beach, which draws tourists from all across the country in the summer, was closed for two and a half months before being reopened in June.

Professor Mehmet Gökoğlu, a maritime researcher from Akdeniz University, took a dip into its waters to test the impact of the closure, finding increased biodiversity and cleaner water than ever.

Gökoğlu and his students explored underwater for one hour at a depth of 12 meters (39 feet) and came across scenes reminiscent of a well-cared-for aquarium.

“We have seen large schools of saddled seabream, dusky spinefoot, blue runner and leerfish. This is due to the pandemic restrictions. You can see a vibrant, colorful landscape below. ” he said.

Source: Daily Sabah

Istanbul Airport is the first to receive ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation

Istanbul Airport on Wednesday became the first in the world to receive a new health accreditation from the Airports Council International (ACI).

The programme assists airports by assessing new health measures and procedures introduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Topics covered by the accreditation include cleaning and disinfection, physical distancing (where feasible and practical), staff protection, physical layout, passenger communications and passenger facilities.

“We congratulate Istanbul for being the first airport to be accredited through our new Airport Health Accreditation programme which demonstrates that they are focused on the health and welfare of travellers, staff, and the public,” said ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira in a statement by the ACI.

“This will be crucial as our industry begins to restart and then prepare to sustain continuing operations, providing to passengers and employees high, globally recognized standards on health and hygiene, which will help to restore public confidence in air travel.”

Kadri Samsunlu, the CEO of Istanbul Airport’s operator IGA, said the certificate was important to make sure the aviation industry was in the finest possible position to support a strong recovery in the near future. The accreditation is proof of greater readiness to build passenger confidence and trust, he added.

“Considering that Istanbul Airport is the world’s global hub, the award of the ‘Airport Health Accreditation’ certificate is also proof that our measures are all at international standards,” he underlined.

Sources: The Moodie Davitt Report/Daily Sabah/TRT World


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New business partner for Fethiyespor

Good news from Fethiyespor who have reached an agreement with Macron for the supply of training, camping and match equipment for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 seasons.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 16 August 2020

Fethiyespor signed two transfers this week.

The club signed a two-year contract with 27-year-old winger Burak Taşdemi, from Kırşehir Belediyespor.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 16 August 2020

The club also signed a two-year contract with 28-year-old midfielder Berkay Öztuvan, also from Kırşehir Belediyespor.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 16 August 2020

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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates

The British Pound bought 9.64 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 9.51 TL.

The US Dollar bought 7.36 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.29 TL.

The Euro bought 8.72 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 8.59 TL.

Source: FxexchangeRate.com

Weather Forecast

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Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 16 August 2020

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